Academy Pillar: PROFESSIONAL
Understanding complex financial structures that enable the execution of new project ventures is vital to success in business as an engineering leader. Successful engineer and business executive, John Miller, led students in an interactive session on the basics of project finance. Attendees experienced a case study activity that helps them learn about this important financing structure that utilizes project cash flow for investment repayment instead of relying on company assets, corporate secured loans, or partnership interests as primary source of capital. In the case study, the attendees will took the role of members of the board of directors and voted on whether or not to proceed with a new project proposed by the Special Projects Division of the company.
John Miller currently serves as Senior VP of Human Resources and Government Relations as well as a Member of the Board of Directors for Macpherson Energy Corporation—an integrated energy provider delivering oil, gas, and renewable energy. Over the course of his career, Miller has engaged in consulting and held executive roles at numerous companies across the energy industry, including: Chief Operating Officer for Pacific Ethanol, Inc., Senior VP of Project Development at the Calpine Corporation, President of the Power Resources Division for Thermo EcoTek, as well as President & CEO at Pacific Generation Company…just to name a few. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, completed Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, and earned an MBA from the University of Portland.